Penalties for domestic violence to increase

Published 10/17 2013 05:00PM

Updated 10/17 2013 05:46PM

ILLINOIS -- The state is about to crack down on domestic violence. The law classifies it as a felony if the defendant has a prior domestic violence conviction. It's even more severe if the defendant has more than one prior conviction. Police and those who help victims say the tougher penalties are long overdue.

The law also requires school boards adopt a policy on teen dating violence. The policy must establish procedures for school employees when they learn about the violence. It takes effect January 1, 2014.

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